Image of a locomotive from the front. E is the exhaust pipe, and S is the smokestack. T are tubes through which hot gases are expelled.

Locomotive Blast

Image of a locomotive from the front. E is the exhaust pipe, and S is the smokestack. T are tubes through…

An illustration of a locomotive broiler.

Locomotive Broiler

An illustration of a locomotive broiler.

The all-steel postal car was first used by the Erie Railroad. The first of the type was built by the Standard Steel Car Company of Butler, Pa.

Railway Postal Car

The all-steel postal car was first used by the Erie Railroad. The first of the type was built by the…

Peter Cooper manufactured the first steam powered railroad locomotive made in America, which was called <em>Tom Thumb</em>.

Peter Cooper's Train

Peter Cooper manufactured the first steam powered railroad locomotive made in America, which was called…

Baldwin engine

Baldwin engine

Baldwin engine

A machine that converts energy into mechanical force or motion.

Explosion Engine

A machine that converts energy into mechanical force or motion.

An engine, as a turbine, in which the impelling fluid produces torque directly rather than by acting upon reciprocating parts.

Rotary Engine

An engine, as a turbine, in which the impelling fluid produces torque directly rather than by acting…

An engine is a machine that produces mechanical force and motion from another form of energy (e.g. a fuel source, compressed air, or electricity).

Rotary Engine

An engine is a machine that produces mechanical force and motion from another form of energy (e.g. a…

External-combustion engine in which heat is used to raise steam which either turns a turbine or forces a piston to move up and down in a cylinder

Steam Engine

External-combustion engine in which heat is used to raise steam which either turns a turbine or forces…

"George Stephenson is emphatically the engineer to whose intelligence and perseverance we owe the introduction of railroads into England, and consequently into the United States. It was at Killingworth Colliery that he constructed his first locomotive." -Lupton

George Stephenson's First Locomotive

"George Stephenson is emphatically the engineer to whose intelligence and perseverance we owe the introduction…

Two men transferring freight from an old truck at a train station.

Freight unloading

Two men transferring freight from an old truck at a train station.

A locomotive designed for fast passenger service in 1902.

Locomotive

A locomotive designed for fast passenger service in 1902.

Locomotive steam engine, with parts named.

Locomotive

Locomotive steam engine, with parts named.

The Tunis monorail.

Tunis Monorail

The Tunis monorail.

A railroad train of the twentieth century.

A Railroad Train

A railroad train of the twentieth century.

A railway electrification system supplies electrical energy to railway locomotives and multiple units so that they can operate without having an on board prime mover. There are several different electrification systems in use throughout the world. Railway electrification has many advantages but requires heavy capital expenditure for installation.

Closed Conduit Electric Railway

A railway electrification system supplies electrical energy to railway locomotives and multiple units…

"Industrial Railway. a, cast-iron plates bedded in concrete for boiler-room floor; b, section of boiler; c, cast-iron track; d, charging-car with outside-flange wheels." -Whitney, 1911

Industrial Railway

"Industrial Railway. a, cast-iron plates bedded in concrete for boiler-room floor; b, section of boiler;…

A suspension railway, Barmen, Germany.

Suspension Railway

A suspension railway, Barmen, Germany.

The American Elevated Railroad System diagram.

American Elevated Railroad System

The American Elevated Railroad System diagram.

The Cook System single rail type.

Cook System

The Cook System single rail type.

The Cook System single rail type.

Cook System

The Cook System single rail type.

The Romanoff railway system, a single rail type.

Romanoff System

The Romanoff railway system, a single rail type.

Plan at Street Level. Union Terminal, Washington, D.C.

Union Terminal

Plan at Street Level. Union Terminal, Washington, D.C.

Cross Section of umbrella train shed, showing clearance lines, Union Terminal, Washington, D.C.

Union Terminal

Cross Section of umbrella train shed, showing clearance lines, Union Terminal, Washington, D.C.

Steaming locomotive on the railroad.

Train

Steaming locomotive on the railroad.

A new style train traveling along electric rails.

Train

A new style train traveling along electric rails.

An illustration of a train.

Train

An illustration of a train.

A train is a connected series of vehicles that move along a track (permanent way) to transport freight or passengers from one place to another. The track usually consists of two rails.

Train

A train is a connected series of vehicles that move along a track (permanent way) to transport freight…

Fast mail trains were the first express mail trains in the US.

Fast Mail Train

Fast mail trains were the first express mail trains in the US.

A Twentieth Century Flyer train used for human travel.

Twentieth Century Flyer Train

A Twentieth Century Flyer train used for human travel.